Vegan diets in children may bring heart benefits but pose growth risks

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What I’m hearing is “feed your kids lots of,but not exclusively veggies”. Almost like a healthy balanced diet.


One of the first things that jumps out at me is that they mix the vegans who use dietary supplements and eat fortified foods together with those who don’t. They do separate these groups in their blood serum analysis, but then they mix them together for their bone health analysis. In particular, the vegans who don’t eat fortified foods or use dietary supplements had much lower serum levels of vitamin D, which is important for bone health. They also didn’t look at overall calcium intake differences between vegans who use supplements and fortified foods and those who don’t, which I’d be interested to see. The results could be quite different if they compared the vegans who used dietary supplements and ate fortified foods.


Considering that heart disease is the leading cause of death, this [albeit limited] research could be a wakeup call. And consider that it’s possible to get vegans to eat more calcium, and to get them to properly supplement B12, while it’s not possible (yet) to get the unhealthy fats out of animal products.


Stunts growth, usually a bad sign…


Anything that gets kids off sugar will be beneficial for their heart health. Childhood obesity is a huge problem literally and figuratively.